If you’re an avid social media user, you have fell victim to your timeline flooded with memes (pronounced like teams). Memes don’t usually move me. However, this one jumped out at me and tapped my fitness junkie soul!
There is so much truth to this statement. So how do you stay committed to your fitness goals once the road gets rough and the going gets tough? Here are a few tips and truths I use to stay committed.
Remember why you made the commitment in the first place
Your fitness commitment may be time sensitive (i.e. a race day, wedding date, high school reunion). It might be for health reasons (to lower your cholesterol, reduce body fat percentage, etc.). Whatever your commitment is, it’s important to remind yourself constantly why you made the commitment in the first place. I know there are times during my marathon training plan I ask myself should I have chosen another hobby because running is so time consuming and strenuous. But then I remember why I started running in the first place. My favorite aunt passed away due to poor health and I wanted to break the generational curse by taking better care of my body. After a few minutes of these thoughts I usually find my groove, grab my shoes and head for the door to go for a run. Well I put on clothes too. Running with shoes and no clothes would be kind of awkward!
Think about other people and entities affected by your commitment
When you make the commitment to lose weight and your friends and family see you give up after a few weeks, what message does this send them? If you are a parent, what example do you want to set for your children? As a teacher, I find it important to honor the commitments I make mainly because I know my students are watching. This doesn’t mean that I’m not true to myself, but I take into consideration that my actions have the ability to impact those who I’m in a position to inspire.
Payday is coming!
There’s nothing like going to the doctor after months of working out and learning your cholesterol level is more stable than it was before your fitness journey started. That moment you comfortably slip into those jeans you could barely shimmy into when you purchased them is priceless! And I don’t know about you but I love love love it when I train for race and reach my race goals! Know that these moments are coming and if you stay committed and positive, it’ll be here before you know it!
I’d love to read your methods of staying committed. Please share them below!
Love, Peace, and Sweat
Monisha I. Randolph is a Senior Contributing Blogger for Sporty Afros. Founder of Runner’s Revelations, Monisha is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations , join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook, and subscribe to the Runner’s Revelations Youtube channel.